Why I’m Not A Fan of Meal Planning

Why don’t I write meal plans?
Here’s why: Me telling you what to eat is a very short term solution to your weight loss and can only last so long.

You may say “Oh, but I like the structure and it’s so much easier to follow what foods I am supposed to eat” but the reality is, you cannot live happily and content eating the same food over and over again day in and day out.

What happens when your friends or family want to go out for pizza and it’s not on your meal plan?
Or you decide last minute plans to take your dinner plan out instead of what you planned on at home?

This is what sets people up for failure. It is extremely hard to maintain eating the same foods day in and day out, and you will get tired and bored of what someone else tells you to eat before you eventually “quit”.

Moreover, you are likely to binge on “forbidden” foods over the weekend, especially when you feel you’ve earned a “reward” for being so adherent to your plan all week.

What happens then? You gain the weight back, or don’t lose at all, because there is a constant pull to consume foods you missed out on or haven’t eaten in a long time.

Truth be told, I have been guilty of following a meal plan. I loved it at first. I felt so in control of what I was eating, and because it was someone else’s work whom I wanted to look like, I figured if she ate like that then I would look like her!
It didn’t last long. I got bored of eating the same foods and like many, went out on a foodie frenzy over the weekends. My taste buds went wild!

I then started learning about macros, and began swapping foods from the plan to enjoy other foods.  I learned that the oatmeal for breakfast had 27 grams of carbs, which in turn meant that I could eat anything for the same 27 grams of carbs and still be in the caloric deficit, whether it was fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, or a burrito with my eggs.

I followed the same suit and learned how to swap foods at lunch and dinner. I instantly felt more satisfied and happier, as it was a more sustainable approach and easily maintain.

Initially, it was a bit challenging trying to figure things out, but I educated myself along with way and thus, my journey with flexible dieting began.

So no, I don’t like to write meal plans for people.  I would much rather teach you flexible dieting, where no foods are off limits, as there are no special foods you must eat in order to be successful in your weight loss.

Weighing and tracking your food provides an education on balancing and budgeting your food.
Flexible dieting is a process that will teach you how live a healthy lifestyle long term and the key to a successful weight loss plan is one that you can adapt into a healthy lifestyle long term.
A meal plan is incapable of doing that.  
With that being said, I do include a list of my highly recommended foods and sample meals in ALL of my customized nutrition plans.
There are hundreds of recipes in SloaneSquad fitness app as well.
Don’t go through life being married to certain foods.  You can 100% eat whatever you want and still lose weight.

Of course your diet should be based around quality, wholesome, nutritious foods, but it’s important to keep in mind that it is the quantity of what you are having is what matters the most with an effective weight loss plan.